Best Practices for Distance Learning
Best Practices for Distance Learning (Grades K-8)
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- Treat online learning like “real” school. There are no bells or teachers to give reminders so establish and maintain daily routines. Dress appropriately.
- Be on time. Your teachers are taking attendance. Arrive to Zoom meetings on-time and turn assignments in by their due date and hour. In distance learning, this is how you demonstrate you are present. Don’t be tardy or absent!
- Create predictability: Make sure that you have a regular study space and stay organized. Be aware of lighting and background noise when participating in Zoom meetings and find a space in your home where you can get work done. Join class from a place where you can sit up and focus (e.g. not from bed).
- Eliminate distractions. This includes digital and online distractions as well as other distractions that may affect your learning. Don’t engage in side conversations or online chats.
- Actively participate. Collaborate with—and support—your peers in online and distance learning; seek support/feedback from teachers as needed. Fully engage in class instruction and make sure the video is turned on during class so that everyone can see each other.
- Hold yourself accountable. Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, and remember your classroom rules and commitments.
- Check communications. Students and families should regularly check their email for announcements, assignments, and feedback from your teachers and advisors.